We’ve been on quite a few excursions the past few days and seen a good bit of the surrounding provinces of Panamá. Yesterday we went to a water filtration plant and Santa Rosa sugar cane plantation. I had never given that much thought to sugar cane and the process it goes through. Our tour guide was so informative and funny. He said he had been there for 30 years and remembers when they opposed Noriega and the troops came by to take the plantation.While he did not get into exact details he told us that Noriega and his troops were not successful.

Then today we went to the canal and saw a ship as it was passing through the Miraflores lochs. That was pretty neat. I had never given any thought to this country nor the canal until we planned for this trip and learning about its complex history has been an adventure.